Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue spent seven hours rescuing a Portland man who was injured descending South Sister on Monday.
At 3:40 p.m., Deschutes 911 received a report that Steve Bachelder, 66, had fallen while making his way down from the summit and was injured to the point where he could not continue, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
Two search and rescue members were flown by helicopter to within several hundred yards of Bachelder, while 11 others hiked up from Devil’s Lake. Upon reaching Bachelder, they determined he needed to be flown off the mountain. The two rescuers who were flown in helped Bachelder to a lower point on the mountain where it was determined a helicopter could land.
However, the helicopter was still not able to reach them. At 9 p.m. the 11 members who hiked in met up with Bachelder and the other two rescuers. They had a stretcher with them, which was used to carry Bachelder down another mile before getting to a suitable landing location, the release said.
Bachelder was loaded into the helicopter at 11:45 p.m. and flown to St. Charles Bend for medical treatment. The release did not describe his injuries.
Search and rescue members hiked out and returned at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.